Ingredient: Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract
INCI: Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract
Source: Sea Buckthorn
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What is Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract?
Sea buckthorn fruit is found in many parts of Europe and Asia including Russia and China. It contains malic acid, acetic acids, flavonoids and fatty acids, and is also a rich source of vitamin C. Every 100 grams of sea buckthorn contains 60 mg of vitamin C, 180 mg of vitamin E, 80 mcg of folic acid, 35 mg of carotenoids, 6 – 11% omega fatty acids, and up to 1% of flavonoids.
According to legend, the ancient Greeks fed sea buckthorn leaves to racehorses which gave the shrub its botanical name hippophae meaning “shiny horse”.
Benefits of Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract:
Sea buckthorn contains fatty acids such as omega-3, -6 and -9. It is also a rich source of the rare omega-7 essential fatty acid, which can help keep skin firm and lifted. Palmitoleic acid (omega-7) is a natural component of the skin and is considered a valuable topical agent in treating burns and healing wounds. Fatty acids also act as emollients to help keep the skin hydrated by forming an occlusive layer to reduce transepidermal water loss.
Sea buckthorn is a super source of vitamin C and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even skin tone by fighting free radical damage. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry tested 49 people with atopic dermatitis and found significant improvements among those who took supplements containing sea buckthorn pulp oil daily for four months. They found that sea buckthorn boosted the immune system by providing the body with essential fatty acids.
Its anti-inflammatory properties also helped to calm and sooth red and cracked skin.
Side Effects & Toxicity:
An extremely safe ingredient, sea buckthorn fruit extract has no known toxicity in general use and is shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.
Sea buckthorn has exhibited strong antitumor and anticancer properties with in vitro studies showing that its extracts displayed dose- and time-dependent anticancer effects by inducing apoptosis.